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Hpv Screening Men
Is there any way to screen for HPV infection, especially HPV-16 infection in men in the U.S.? Like a PCR test or some other way my doctor can do this?
Not worth it: Tony, I'm proud you want to be a responsible lover. Take the HPV injection series instead. Some tests are available but nobody knows what to do with the data. Would you forgo a loving relationship because you do, or do not, have HPV-16 on board? What man would do that? You'll keep an eye out for lesions regardless. If you're not going to do anything different, don't to the test. Make sense? ...Read more
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are over 100 different types of HPV that causes warts in different areas of the body. HPV is incredibly common and almost all sexually active men and women get it during their lifetime. Most of the time HPV does not cause any symptoms or complications. However, A limited number of these HPV viruses are pathogenic and if not monitored carefully can be responsible for causing cervical and penile cancer. Some of these viruses have been ...Read more
I am at higher risk for HPV oropharengeal cancer, I am a 30 year old female is the risk significant and what can I do for screening and prevention?
Don't Drink/smoke/hpv and had screening last june. Now white spot below gums. Hurt for 3days, got smaller and does not hurt after 7days. Cancer?
Canker sore: is the most common oral lesion. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. Try to keep adequate oral hygiene as possible. If concerned see your dentist after 10 days or visit today for laser immediate amelioration. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do the strands of HPV that cause warts also cause oral Cancer? What is the best screening/prevention for oral cancer?
Different HPV types: The types of HPV that cause genital warts do not cause oral cancer. Among the 100+ strains of HPV, only one, HPV16, causes throat cancer. Most other oral cacners are not due to HPV of any type. The main prevention is regular examination, i.e. your regular dental visits. Despite all the news reports, throat cancer due to HPV remains rare, even in people with oral HPV or lots of oral sex. ...Read more
Never smoked/drank; no family history, no HPV. Had clean cancer screening July 30, 2014. 37 Yr old male. Are my chances slim for oral cancer?
Probably: Absent family history, absence of alcohol/smoking (including pot)/drug use, and/or chronic irritation from anything sharp, occurrence of oral cancer is rare. To be sure, however, have regular dental check-ups with appropriate x-Rays which includes an oral cancer screening exam. In other words, have a Pro check you regularly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a male has high risk HPV strain linked to oral cancer. How often to get oral cancer screening when asymptomatic? Does it decrease mortality?
Do HPV tests screen for specific strains? I ask because HPV is extremely prevalent but most strains are harmless
All mostly harmless: You've done your homework. True, HPV is "extremely prevalent". But even all type, usually are harmless, not just "most strains". High risk types cause cancer more often than others, but still less often than 1 in a thousand infections. Pap testing in women often incudes HPV, with emphasis on high risk types, but no HPV tests are approved or recommended in men. Not something to be worried about! ...Read more
I'm a 53 Female HPV carrier & wish to know if I can donate blood, for doesn't a blood borne virus would make me ineligible? Can they screen for it?
Yes: HPV is a local tissue infection.It does not travel through the blood and can never be passed through a transfusion.There will be circulating antibodies to HPV in the blood, but these are not a problem.Blood centers would not routinely look for HPV antibodies.Most will ask you basic questions about sexual contacts & some STD's (not HPV). ...Read more
Self cure in most: Most men get over the infection on its own; however, there is no known treatment to eradicate the infection in those who have persistent infection. See this site for more information on this topic. http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv-and-men.htm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My wife was just diagnosed with HPV. We are a monogamous couple of 17 years. She was negative for HPV for many years. No test for men? What now?
Contnued monitoring: Most high risk HPV infections do not have symptoms and resolve in 1-2 years, but a small percentage go on to cause genital warts and cervical/anal or labial cancer, so periodic Gyn exams are recommended. Culposcopy to better visualize lesion ans biopsy of suspicious areas may be indicated. HPV can be spread by sexual conyact, but virgins can get infected as well. Follow your Gyn recommendations ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How to know if a man has HPV when no symptoms show? And if symptoms (warts) show, how to make them go away? What to apply? Cream, ointment?? For men
You Can't: Know if he has HPV unless he tells you or you see active lesions and various forms of HPV have different types of lesions in different areas of the bodies when active. Other times, someone with HPV (and most people have some form of it) is dormant and may never be an issue. Most lesions need to be removed by a clinician though some can be cleared with creams or ointments. ...Read more
Most are benign: Over 120 different types of hpv. Different types infect different parts of body. Most are harmless, easily treatable and not precancerous. Some produce warts that are easily seen and others growths that are nearly invisible. Types 16 and 18 account for vast majority of cervical cancers. Type 16 has been linked to oral cancer. Contact spreads the virus.Sexual contact spreads types 16, 18 and others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many have no Sx: Hpv can pass from one to another with no symptoms at all. Some strains will persist in the body for decades & only be recognized when cell changes on a pap smear suggest precancerous growth. Some strains will produce skin bumps that can grow into wart like growths on the genitals(male or female) & spread over time. ...Read more
Depends on strain: Hpv is a family with >50 known strains at this point.Four strains seem to dominate the harm inflicted on humans, 2 more internal & 2 external.External strains produce wart like growths on genitals that may start as tiny bumps & grow to inch sized clusters or more. Internal strains may be carried unrecognized for 20+ years before causing cancer.Infected parties give it to uninfected, m=f. ...Read more
Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more